The media has all but forgotten the biggest book tour of the year and is now focused on two things that are not doing so well: Eric Cantor and TweetDeck.
The House majority leader was defeated in a major upset in his Virginia primary Tuesday night, and congressional sources say that he will step down from his leadership position later on Wednesday. Cantor is the No. 2 Republican in the House.
Meanwhile, Twitter shut down its TweetDeck application Wednesday afternoon, after the site introduced a code fix meant to stop a security vulnerability, but it failed. TweetDeck is the lifeblood of D.C. journalism.
Twitter users are using the social media network's webpage for now. Many who depend on TweetDeck to track information—especially about Cantor news, which is moving fast—are panicking. And some are using that panic to channel jokes about the ill-timed, midweek crash of a congressman and a crucial news app.
Tweetdeck went down in protest of Eric Cantor's ouster. No other explanation, right?— Mark Lieberman (@MarkALieberman) June 11, 2014
What if Eric Cantor made Tweetdeck work?— Brian Adam Jones (@bjones) June 11, 2014
Wait, lemme get this right social media world, tweetdeck beat Eric Cantor? Crazy political upset.— Ben Allen (@BenAllenWITF) June 11, 2014
Eric Cantor will be replacing Tweetdeck; Tweetdeck will be replacing Eric Cantor.— Jim Antle (@jimantle) June 11, 2014
Eric Cantor resigns as House majority leader to fix TweetDeck.— Brian Rie$ (@moneyries) June 11, 2014
Dave Brat: "You think that Eric Cantor trick was good. Watch me take down TweetDeck."— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) June 11, 2014
Apparently TweetDeck couldn’t handle Cantor stepping down.— Elliot Ronen (@ElliotRonen) June 11, 2014
Eric Cantor's people assure me there is nothing at all wrong with TweetDeck currently.— T.J. Doyle (@gheorghetheblog) June 11, 2014
Maybe tweetdeck is just upset about Eric Cantor blowing their fantasy GOP leadership bracket?— Clark Pettig (@ClarkPettig) June 11, 2014
So Eric Cantor hacked Tweetdeck?— Jordan Graham (@jordanmgraham) June 11, 2014
FYI, the "Eric Cantor + Spurs offense" mashup tweets were MUCH stronger than the "Eric Cantor + Tweetdeck" tweets— Slade Sohmer (@SladeHV) June 11, 2014